Top Things To Do And See Around Tel Aviv's Iconic Dizengoff Center
Tamara Yogurt | Courtesy of Kira Bloom
The center of Tel Aviv is a bustling area with a lot to do. This district also holds Israel’s first mall, the Dizengoff Center. You can get to almost anywhere and do almost anything within a 10-minute walk from this energetic area. We’ve compiled a list of the top things to do around Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff.
Market, Shopping Mall
Dizengoff Center | Courtesy of Talmoryair/WikiCommons
The Dizengoff Mall is named after Tel Aviv’s first mayor Meir Dizengoff. The mall is full of a variety of things once you find your way around. Shops and restaurants fill the floors like your typical shopping mall, but this mall has enough room to fit two gyms and a movie theater as well. On Thursdays and Fridays, a section of the mall turns into a food market with home-cooked international food as Israel’s largest food festival.
Head down the busy Bograshov Street and end up at the sandy Tel Aviv Beach. Along the way, you will pass many local boutique stores for trendy shoppers, outdoor shops for adventurous types, local falafel stands for foodies and fun nighttime bars for night owls. No matter what time of day, or what time of year, when you reach the beach promenade you will see runners, bikers, dancers and the ocean full of people enjoying the Tel Aviv weather.
Matkot by the beach Courtesy of David Shankbone
Skate Park, Theater
Habima Theater | Courtesy of State of Israel/Flickr
If you walk up Dizengoff Street you will soon reach Habima Square. Even if you aren’t hitting up one of the oldest theaters in Israel (Teatron Habima) or heading to one of the cafés right on the square, Habima is the perfect place for people watching. Sit down on a weekend and watch children and families enjoying the sun in the colorful sunken garden, or on weekdays watch the Tel Aviv business men and women walking through the square along with skateboarders skating by. Habima is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, a conversation, and some great people watching.
There are many restaurants on King George no matter what type of mood you are in. If you are looking for good authentic Israeli cuisine, check out Miznon for a delicious pita of your choice filled with veggies and tasty meats. The sides are to die for, after all, it is the place the whole roasted cauliflower trend started. Want to sit for the day at a cute café with your computer or a book? Check out The Little Prince, a bookstore and café combined into one awesome experience.
Bookshop The Little Prince Courtesy of Pia Staigmueller
Grab A Juice
No matter which direction you choose to go, juice is always an option. The King George rasta stand always plays reggae music and serves great refreshing drinks. On the Corner of Ben Gurion Boulevard and Dizengoff stands Tamara, known for their fruity juices and smoothies. Or by the shuk on Nachalat Binyamin is a fresh juice stand serving refreshing lemonade or fresh squeezed orange juice.
Tamara Yogurt Courtesy of Kira Bloom
Shop on Shenkin
When the Dizengoff Center Mall gets too confusing, walk over to Shenkin Street. This active street has restaurants, cafés, shoe stores, athletic wear, jewelry stores and tons of boutiques. It’s like everything you ever need all on one street, especially for unique and fun clothing, this is the street you definitely want to check out.
Dana Ashkenazi Store Courtesy of Dana Ashkenazi
Dog Park, Park
Park Gan Meir | Courtesy David Shankbone/Flickr
The most lively dog park in Tel Aviv is located on King George Street. Head over to the park and you are bound to see some puppies running around or playing catch, no matter what time of the day it is. If you are walking by on a Friday it is a must-stop spot. Dogs are lined up on the sidewalk for you to hold and play with and even adopt if you are looking for a furry friend. If you have no intention of adopting, be careful, you might walk away with a new family member. By Andie Himmelrich